They are popping up where we least expect them.
And slowly, they are gaining context and intentionality.
Today, Jason offered Sam a waffle. Sam smiled and shook his head "no".
Sometimes, Sam likes to joke around with head shakes. Sometimes "no" actually means "yes, but I'm being silly."
So Jason asked him, again: "Sammie, do you want a waffle."
And with his little voice, sure and simple, Sam responded "No."
Not as a repetition. Not as an exploration of sound. Not as a passing sing-song play.
An affirmation of his wants and needs. The first of what I am becoming increasingly convinced will become a new way of communication.
A word, spoken with intention.
A window into his frame of mind.